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Getting Started on LinkedIn

So, what is the link between LinkedIn and your career?

As someone who had never used LinkedIn before, I was sceptical. There are many other social networking channels that are available to use if you want to keep in contact with people, professionally or otherwise. I never felt asAll-Star Profile though I was missing out on anything by not having a LinkedIn profile under my name. However, when I was given the challenge of creating one and trying it out, I decided that I wanted to come to an informed decision about whether LinkedIn could really help you with your job search and advancing your career. One thing that surprised me was how easy it was to get started; you can be on your way to building an ‘All-Star Profile’ in no time.

First step…

If you’re just getting started on LinkedIn this week, the first step you will need to take is to start building your profile. The way in which LinkedIn is set up reminds me of an online CV and this is how I believe it should be treated. Remember, it isn’t just your colleagues and Email Addressesfriends who will be viewing your profile, recruiters will be too so you need to ensure that it is a positive reflection of you and your achievements! There is an option to import all of your contacts from your email address, shown above, which I declined. I decided that it is far better to manually select who you want to be ‘linked’ to. Also, if you choose to select your contacts later on, it gives you time to perfect your profile before anyone actually sees it! This is a bonus because once you’re all set up you can start connecting to people with confidence knowing that your profile isn’t going to let you down.

We all know the importance of first impressions and the impact they can make. This week, choose a photo that you can use for your profile. It may mean that you need to take a new one yourself! You should be facing the camera in your photo; you want to look approachable and confident. My recommendation would be to dress as if you were going to work or even going to an interview. Finally, don’t forget to smile!

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Debbie Goss, Careers Officer

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